If you’ve finished harvesting your hemp crop and are now thinking about what comes next, you’re already too late. Deciding to grow hemp means you’re taking on a many-stepped process to get from the seed to the saleable product. And, there’s only one trick — have a plan.
Before you put your first hemp seed in the ground
Plan, plan, and plan some more. If you’re a hemp farmer, these are the first words you should say to yourself every morning when you wake up. A poorly planned hemp crop means poor profits for you. Before you even put a seed into the ground, before you even buy that first seed, know what’s going to happen every step of the way.
Knowing where you’ll sell your hemp biomass, or extracted CBD or CBG oil, before you start will influence what seeds you buy. Based on market demand, different seeds will yield higher profits. You can’t know this if you’re not planning in advance, talking to those in the industry who know what’s selling. Seeing the end result before you begin enables you to get the right genetics for your crop.
Queue up with an extraction company
Working with an extraction company can make the whole process of growing hemp much easier. However, they have limited space. They can only dry and process so much hemp biomass per season due to machine and storage capacity. Planning ahead gets you in line early with the right processing partner. It gives you the advantage of their connections when it comes to processing services and quality manufacturers who want to buy your product. You’ll guarantee your crop has somewhere to go once it’s harvested.
Waiting too long to queue up means you run the risk of having nowhere to process your hemp. It will go to waste, while you’re powerless to do anything about it. No farmer wants to put so much energy into growing a crop to have it yield no return.
Have someone broker the final sale
Establishing relationships in the hemp industry before you actively begin growing can also make it easier to sell your product at the end. If you’ve done everything right, you know you’ve grown a plant that’s in demand. You had it dried and processed in a timely manner. You’ve got a high-quality oil that manufacturers can use for a variety of popular CBD or CBG products. Now, you just need to make that final sale. Waiting too long to connect with people interested in buying your product gives them to buy it somewhere else. They won’t need what you’re selling, because their inventory is full. Partnering with someone early who can talk to potential buyers about your specific crop before the plants have even started to grow will make all the difference.
It’s devastating, financially, to invest in a hemp crop and go through processing it, only to have no interested buyers. Allowing a third party to manage the sale of your product, and connecting with them again, as early as possible, means you’ll have a sale lined up before extraction is even complete.
Plan and prepare, but do it with help
From start to finish, being a hemp farmer works if you know what you’re doing ahead of time. You plan out the entire process and prepare by connecting very early on with those people whose services you’ll need along the way. Getting help as a hemp farmer is not a bad thing, In fact, it will most likely ensure you have a more lucrative crop than someone trying to do everything themselves.
Make it a part of your plan to partner with a company who can do it all to really help you as a hemp farmer. Arbor Vita8, for example, offers services and support that start even before you’ve made your seed selection. Their experience and knowledge can educate you on what genetics are trending, so you start strong with the right seeds. They can then advise you on successful farming strategies before assisting you with harvest, drying and processing, and extraction. Their connections within the industry also mean solid connections with those interested in buying your product when it’s ready. However, our full-service support is only available when you plan ahead. Contact us today to learn more.